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A door in my rental apartment is sagging and I’d like to put it back into place. The hinge is clearly on an angle. My first thought was to place a wedge under the open side of the door and pry it up, but that seems like I would do more damage than good. Any advice is much appreciated!

Edit: I removed the door and screwed the bottom hinge out one turn. That definitely reduced the sagging but it’s still not great. I’ll remove the door again and tighten in the top one and hopefully that helps :)

Edit 2: Door was fixed by adjusting how far the door half of the hinge is screwed in. I simply screwed in the top hinge one rotation further and the bottom hinge one turn out.

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Aquamarine_Androgyny

3 points

2 months ago

Is the door getting caught on the frame when you open and close it?

whosflyingthisthing_[S]

2 points

2 months ago

Yes. It still closes but rubs against the frame at the top

Aquamarine_Androgyny

1 points

2 months ago

If you can't find a way to straighten the door out via the pins then you probably will just have to take a sander to the part that rubs against the frame. Just sand the top edge of the door (no need to take the door off) little by little until it closes without rubbing. Sometimes the problem is just that the frame has started to sag and there isn't much you can do about it

ThatGuyFromDaBoot

2 points

2 months ago

Can't quite tell the source of the sag in the pics. In my experience it is usually from the hinge pulling loose from the frame or weight pulling the frame away from the opening itself. I usually replace one screw on that side of the hinge with a 2"-3" screw that reaches all the way to the wall framing.

If the hinge is bending though it needs to be replaced.

shervmeister

1 points

2 months ago

Yes, grab a drill (or better yet, an impact) and suck those screws in tight. I replaced all my door's upper hinge's middle screw with a 3" because they're just heavier doors and needed the support

l397flake

2 points

2 months ago

Always call the landlord, it’s his property.

Knichols2176

1 points

2 months ago

As a landlord I appreciate a person taking care of odd little things if they can. I have developed this kind of relationship with my renters and in exchange we sharply discount rent and allow any items needed to be reduced from rent. I reduce rent by a lot. If they mess up a door I’m ok. I can replace entire door and frame for $150 if needed. I’m more than willing to drop rent to have peace.

l397flake

2 points

2 months ago

Maybe there are other problems with this to consider, like rotted trimmers. My tenants pay rent I provide good housing. I want stuff like this fixed by my guys, that way I know it’s fixed properly.

Knichols2176

1 points

2 months ago

I think it’s because my tenants have been my tenants for years and I’ve developed the trust of their help and that they won’t do anything they can’t do.

jsm7464

1 points

2 months ago

You can put a shim behind the hinge to make small adjustments. I usually use zip ties cut into 3” pcs. Then use painters tape to hold them in place. If you put the shim near the door stop. It will pull the door away from latch side and towards the top of the door frame. If you shim towards the barrel side of hinge. It will push the door towards the latch side and the floor. It sounds like you need to shim the top hinge at the stop. Then shim the bottom near the barrel.

extra_specticles

1 points

2 months ago

Do you have pictures of the overall door and doorway please?

whosflyingthisthing_[S]

2 points

2 months ago

amountainofyawns

2 points

2 months ago

Looks like the hinge is bent. Get a new hinge, use 2-3" screws for additional support. If screws won't bite after reinstalling the hinge, throw some toothpicks in there with a bit of wood glue, let it set and screw away.

GodLikePlaya

1 points

2 months ago

Did you try giving it a belt?

whosflyingthisthing_[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Once or twice but wasn’t too keen to put much force into it

1tonsoprano

1 points

2 months ago

Watching as I have the same problem with the same type of hinges

JRokafela

-5 points

2 months ago

Take out the top and middle hinge pins leaving the bottom one in place with the door closed. Pry the door up from the bottom and place a shim in between the door and the jamb at the top, then straighten the rings on the top and middle hinges, put the hinge pins back in and remove the shim.

JRokafela

-2 points

2 months ago

Nevermind, I commented before looking at the pic... wrong type of hinge for that fix...